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Pope Francis gives the thumbs as he arrives for his weekly general audience (PA)

On the anniversary of his election, Freddy Gray, Peter Stanford and Fr Lucie-Smith each reveal their piece of advice for Pope Francis

Bishop Egan (Mazur)

Bishop Egan explains thinking behind the reorganisation of his diocese to ACTA members

Ordinariate members attend a papal audience at the Vatican (CNS)

Cardinal Müller told ordinaries that they are being scrutinsed

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis says Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on birth control was ‘prophetic’

Bishop Mark Davies with Luke Coppen, editor of The Catholic Herald (Photo: Simon Caldwell)

Bishop says agreements would invite couples to prepare for divorce

A couple pcitured moments after becoming engaged in St Peter's square (CNS)

The Church trains priests for seven years. So why does it only prepare some couples for marriage in a single day?

A board shows the result of today's child euthanasia vote (AP)

Belgium’s chilly detachment from the sick and dependent is widening

Belgian politicians debate the bill on child euthanasia at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels yesterday (PA)

The House of Representatives has voted to extend Belgium’s euthanasia law to children

Fr Timothy Radcliffe (Mazur)

Fr Timothy Radcliffe was visiting small community in the Sahara

Sudanese children in a displaced persons camp stand in front of a mural of St Josephine

The saint who was sold as a slave

St Josephine Bakhita (February 8) was renowned for her love of children